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  1. RaySachs

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    For me it wouldn't be worth it. But I never really had to worry about whether it would be worth it - I never had close to the talent or determination for it anyway. But I remember when I was playing out a lot and contemplating whether there was any way I could get good enough to make it work, I concluded that even if I could, the lifestyle would have probably killed me within a year or less. Nothing in my life since, or in what I know about touring musicians has made me question that call.

    I went to a Tedeschi-Trucks Band show last night. It was incredible. One great guitarist and another really good one, a really good keyboard player, a very solid rhythm section. But what really made it is there are five extraordinary singers in that band and they gave at least four of them the space to really shine. And they SEEM to be doing well enough to do the whole thing professionally, probably travel well enough to be able to stay healthy (I don't KNOW if this is the case, but they give you that impression).

    But they had a backup band, Blackberry Smoke, that I wasn't familiar with previously. I really dug them (particularly Charlie Starr, their singer and main guitarist - who came out and sang and played on Statesbory Blues and one other tune with Tedeschi-Trucks during their encore) so I looked into them a little bit. And they're serious road warriors. Have been for a looooong time, usually as an opening act for pretty good size bands, but with a few smaller venue headlining tours, in the States and in Europe. I gotta figure THEIR life on the road has to just be grueling as hell. I don't know the economics, but I'm guessing they're not staying in the nicest hotels or eating a particularly healthy diet. And they're REALLY fine musicians, but they really appear to be grinding it out. I look at folks like that who are waaaaaay better musicians than I'd have ever been and how hard it looks like they have to work just to keep the band on the road. Man, I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

    I wish all of you who play and tour for a living all the best and I KNOW how much fun it is during that hour or two you're actually playing. But it's gotta extract a hell of a cost. I couldn't do it. I'm glad there are those who can. And who want to.

    -Ray
     
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    I ate lunch next to the New York Dolls in a shoney in Tennessee

    They made it.
     
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    Some people gets all the breaks, but even then with all the money and fame they still resort to drug and alcohol abuse. I guess if it was as glamorous as it seems they wouldn’t be hurting their bodies, or blowing their money like crazy on drugs or materialistic things. But what do I know?

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    Hey! I type with my fingers!
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    He worked at Guitars 'R' Us for a while. Nikki Sixx ( we called him Frank) worked at Turners Liquor on the Strip. I was his shift manager. Lol
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    The good news is, I’m a musician.

    The bad news is, I’m a musician.

    - Webb Wilder
     
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    Wow. Cool story.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I did that once.
    Never again... no matter how lit I was, if I couldn't see through the bottle, I'd give it or the can a "twirl" to feel anything that might bump the sides.
     
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    Like Palm Springs, but without the Californians?
     
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    I’ve never met Slash, but knew a guy that went on tour with Bad Company, in the early 2000’s. Neal Schon And Slash was there, and he said Slash was just a really really nice guy. Didn’t have the big head or ego at all. He also said he seen him about a year later and Slash remembered him and talked to him. Sounds like a decent guy.
     
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    Ray, it's the singers that make it work as an act.

    Yeah, we guitar players love the guitarists, and there are non-musicians that dig guitar playing per se, but my experience is that almost all pop music is singer and song oriented.

    Not everyone really understands the music - but in any given culture, they understand the words.
     
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    Who makes more money: Eric Johnson or Celine Dion?

    The marketplace pays. The market is smart.

    Green Day made more than both of them combined.

    McDonald’s has made more money than any fine dining joint. No matter how crowded it may be.

    Get what I’m saying?
     
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    You’re a good man.
     
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    Yep, that’s why it’s a business. If the label thinks they can make money with you, they’ll promote the stew outta you. But once they feel like you’re not bringing the money in, or getting outdated, or if they feel like a new band or artist/musician can do better, they’ll kick you to the curb and forget you ever existed.
     
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    Oh I know you love me Fezz...you'd be sad if I croaked tonight. By falling into a river of fire after you kicked me repeatedly in the face. It's okay. I forgive.
     
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    Celine Dion net worth is 800 million.

    Billie Joe Amstrong net worth 55 million.

    Eric Johnson net worth 750k.
    To be honest...that ain't bad for an instrumental guitar hero. It ain't Clapton money...but its pretty damn good.

    Labels don't have the power they once had. Recoupables aren't the player they once were. Apple Music is the big dog.

    Most of the publishing houses have merged into three or four big conglomerates.

    It's a brave new world. LOL
     
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    There are plenty of Californians here in AZ. I'm just one of them.
     
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    Kinda makes ya wonder why they’re doing away with iTunes
     
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    They'll do just fine. ;)
     
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    EJ worked his ass off. Might not have been apparent to people outside of Texas, but the guy was playing all the time.
     
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